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    What if you had an open Senate seat and almost no Republicans wanted it?

    What if you had an open Senate seat and almost no Republicans wanted it?

    That’s pretty much the situation in Massachusetts, as summarized by Jazz Shaw at Hot Air, MA GOP throwing in the towel on Kerry seat?

    Is Massachusetts still in play for elections on the state-wide level? If you asked anyone in the heady days of the 2010 cycle after Scott Brown shocked the nation, you’d probably get a lot answers in the positive. (Or at least a strong maybe.)  But plenty of water has passed under the bridge since then, along with an election which certainly didn’t provide Northeastern Republicans with much reason for confidence. That general air of pessimism seems to have taken over the GOP in the Bay State as they prepare for a special election to fill John Kerry’s seat in the upper chamber, since it’s hard to find anyone of any standing who is interested in the job.

    I hate to say it, but Chris Cillizza might be right that Republicans should give up on the Northeast as part of a broader strategy.  He was talking about presidential electoral votes, but I think the logic applies to most statewide races as well (although many congressional districts are in play), How Republicans can solve their electoral-vote problem:

    Give up on the Northeast: Part of knowing how to win is knowing where not to fight. Any time (or money) a Republican presidential candidate spends in the Northeast is largely wasted at this point. Take New Hampshire. Yes, it’s a state that has shown a willingness to vote for Republicans at the presidential level in the not-too-distant past. (George W. Bush carried the Granite State in 2000.) But to reach the southern part of the state means buying television time in the pricey Boston media market, a prohibitive cost for New Hampshire’s four electoral votes. Or think about it this way: The six states that make up the Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island) have a total of 33 electoral votes. Texas has 38 electoral votes by itself.

    I do think the Northeast is pretty hopeless.  Not just for Republicans, but for the population in general.  Those who would vote for Republicans are moving away, including lower level traditional financial jobs which are being shipped elsewhere in the country and hedge funds and other top tier companies fleeing for lower tax states.

    What’s left behind increasingly are people who cannot be convinced to vote for anything other than bigger government.


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    In the word of Anthony Clement McAuliffe: NUTS!

    I despise conceding any part of this country to the Democrats. They are certainly not conceding any section of the country to the GOP.
    There are two things at play here: The 1996 Dole plan to only win 270 electoral votes (and perfected by Rove) and taking most of the talent at the state level and move it to DC.
    In 1996, the national GOP abandoned New England and other parts of the country. The State GOP was either to weak or feckless to continue the fight. IIRC, the New England GOP had 8 congresscritters and and 6 Senators in 1996. Today, that number sits at 2 Senators.
    What is left in New England is a bunch of wimps trying to play the demographic ballgame. They are trying to convince women and minorities that they mean no harm to them instead of selling Reaganism and Jack Kemp.

    The GOP trots out feckless and selfish retreads like Romney to save the day. It should be noted that Romney did very little to rebuild the MA GOP. There should be more Ryan Fattmans (as a poster metions above) but there are not. Fattman, who represented my hometown before redistricting, did not rely on the State GOP, Romney, or the high (over) priced GOP consultants to win his race. He did not rely on the media to get his message out. He knocked on a lot of doors and defeated the Democrat incumbent.
    My opinion is that parts of MA are winnable but one has to hit the bricks and knock on doors. Will the state be winnable? Perhaps …… but it will not be overnight. There are still a lot of Reagan Democrats and staunch conservatives living in MA. They have sat on the sidelines and watched the State GOP play their footsies with the Democrats. They do not trust the GOP. They are not going to back some wild-eyed bombthrowing social conservative. They will back someone with common sense.

    There, I said it.

    RE: “I do think the Northeast is pretty hopeless. … What’s left behind increasingly are people who cannot be convinced to vote for anything other than bigger government.”
    Because most of those left behind depend on big government to put food on the table and roof over their heads.

    Bon Hagar | February 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    MA: Abandon all hope Ye who enter there.

    Henry Hawkins | February 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The GOP at least needs a presence in the NE for when their economies inevitably tank, or less they’ll simply see voters support moderate Dems instead of lib Dems.

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